Fresh £72m Raul Jimenez claim casts doubt on Man United transfer as Wolves are linked with midfielder

Fresh £72m Raul Jimenez claim casts doubt on Man United transfer as Wolves are linked with midfielder

Conflicting Jimenez claims

A report from Portugal has claimed Raul Jimenez ‘is on his way to Manchester United’.

According to Portuguese outlet RTP (via Sport Witness), the 29-year-old will move to Old Trafford at the end of the season.

Wolves have been linked with Braga striker Paulinho and RTP suggests he will be Jimenez’s replacement at Molineux, rather than a competitor.

However, late on Thursday night it was reported in Spain that Juventus are advancing their bid to sign Jimenez.

Spanish newspaper AS claims Juventus are closing in on a deal for Jimenez worth €80million (£72m).

The Mexican striker has been in superb form for Wolverhampton Wanderers this season with 26 goals across all competitions and he’ll lead their assault on the Europa League when it resumes next week.

Wolves are keen to keep the frontman at Molineux beyond the end of the campaign but a host of top clubs are interested in him.

Wolves linked with Paulinho

Wolves are the ‘likeliest destination’ for Braga forward Paulinho this summer, according to reports in Portugal.

Paulinho, who has scored 23 times this season – including against Wolves in that dramatic 3-3 draw in the Europa League – is set to leave the club in the transfer window and has attracted interest from across the continent.

The Portuguese striker, 27, has Jorge Mendes for an agent and A Bola claim that he is looking to move his client on – and that could lead him to Molineux.

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Paulinho, formerly of Gil Vicente, currently has three more years left on his contract with Braga and would cost any potential suitors up to £30m.

Wolves, who expect interest in forwards Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore this summer, are still in the Europa League which will resume next month.

Away from on-field matters, they’re likely to add to their tight knit squad in the transfer window.

Wolves show interest in McKennie

Wolves have joined Premier League rivals Leicester City in the hunt for Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie.

The 21-year-old United States international moved to European football from MLS franchise FC Dallas in 2016, spending less than a year in the club’s academy before being promoted to the first-team squad.

He made his debut on the final day of the 2016-17 season at the age of just 18, which continued his meteoric rise, before netting on his debut for the US national side in November of the same year in a friendly against Portugal.

Since then, he has made 75 Bundesliga appearances – 28 of which came in the recently concluded season, the highest tally of his career so far.

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